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Background Check App Is Back

ONLINE PRIVACY

August 1, 2011

A mobile application that allows people to conduct background checks is back in the marketplace, reports The Star-Ledger. The app was first launched for the iPhone in 2009, but was pulled by Apple due to privacy concerns. BeenVerified has relaunched the app--which searches online public records for information on a name entered into the system by the user--saying that it merely modernizes the information databases that already exist. But some privacy advocates and cybersecurity experts say the risk of stalking and identity theft outweigh the benefits of the service. "There are deep implications for privacy even if it's not certain these tools violate the law," says an Electronic Frontier Foundation spokesperson.
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